Ergonomically, the Air Mouse GO Plus is the opposite to the Air Mouse in that, where the latter was shaped like a mouse with the gun-hold for air-operation almost an afterthought, the GO is shaped for optimum motion-sensing comfort with the mousing experience taking a backseat.
For normal desktop use, the GO Plus is thus quite uncomfortable. For starters, its narrow base and tiny Teflon feet mean cloth mousepads are out of the question, and moving about on a firm surface is not as smooth as with a normal rodent. The narrow palm area doesn’t provide much resting space either and the three customisable buttons are practically unreachable. All of this actually led to physical pain after extended use and to top things off tracking is also inferior to most desktop mice, which use laser rather than optical sensors.
To be fair though, the GO Air Mouse isn’t meant to be used on a desk. When moved into its element it offers a far better experience. When held as a remote, the trigger at the mouse’s bottom falls perfectly under the index finger, while the scroll wheel and all five of the buttons on the top are easy to operate with your thumb. Only those with daintier paws may find it awkward, but for average folks the mouse’s shape and finish make it comfortable to hold.
Our only serious ergonomic complaint concerns button feedback. Both of the main left and right buttons feel a tad flimsy, while conversely the leftmost programmable button is incredibly stiff.
Whenever any of the sensors (optical or gyroscope/accelerometer) are active, a small blue LED above the scroll wheel activates, which is a nice if slightly superfluous touch.
Motion-sensing is activated by either holding the trigger, or pulling it twice to put the mouse into ‘permanent-motion’ mode. Unfortunately there’s still no way to make this motion mode the default option, or to prevent the mouse from switching it off when you either pull the trigger again or activate the optical sensor (i.e. pass it close enough to any surface). Surely this would be a simple thing to alter, through software if nothing else?
Motion detection is very accurate and selecting single letters from a word or drawing relatively intricate shapes is easy. Range is also excellent, with the 2.4GHz RF tech Movea has employed allowing for a comfortable 24 metre range in our testing. That’s slightly less than the quoted 30 metres, but nonetheless very impressive and our office (with its metal security bars) isn’t the most wireless-friendly environment.